In Copenhagen this August? If not, you should be. Otherwise, you could face the horrible reality that is missing one of this year’s most talked about festivals organised by Noma’s René Redzepi.
Coming to Refshaleøen – an island in Copenhagen’s harbor – from 25 to 26 August 2013, MAD Symposium promises a riveting line-up of some of the world’s most influential chefs including Alex Atala, Alain Ducasse, David Chang, Margot Henderson and Christian Puglisi. And if that (somehow) didn’t manage to whet your appetite, the full line up of food activists, authors, artists, filmmakers and food Editors attending should:
Alex Atala, Chef, Brazil
Vandana Shiva, Environmental Activist, India
Dario Cecchini, Butcher, Italy
Christian Puglisi, Chef, Denmark
Margot Henderson, Chef, United Kingdom
Sandor Katz, Fermentation Revivalist, United States
Jon Reiner, Author, United States
Pascal Barbot, Chef, France
Diana Kennedy, Author, Mexico/United Kingdom
Cynthia Sandberg, farmer, United States
David Kinch, Chef, United States
Heribert Watzke, Food Scientist, Switzerland
Alain Ducasse, Chef, France
David Choe, Artist, United States
Josh Whiteland, Guide, Australia,
Barbara Lynch, Chef, United States
Knud Romer, Author, Denmark
Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine, Activist Film makers, United States
The team behind MAD Symposium is equally impressive. What began in 2011 as a part of a grassroots celebration of flavour and good eating with just one permanent staff member is now a thriving team of award-winning chefs like Ferran Adrià, Massimo Bottura – who both took part in MAD Symposium 2012 - and food critics, including FOUR magazine’s very own food columnist Andrea Petrini.
This year’s MAD Symposium – which is the third of its kind – has a theme of ‘guts’ and will be curated by David Chang of Momofuku, New York, Chris Ying, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Peach, United States and Peter Meehan, Editor of Lucky Peach, United States.
Like ‘vegetation’ and ‘appetite’, MAD Symposium 2013’s theme of ‘guts’ is frustratingly vague but somehow manages to crystallise the uniqueness of the festival and the thought provoking issues that are touched on at the event. ‘Guts’, we’re told, is meant to ‘invoke a sense of courage and urgency, enabling this year’s MAD to become a venue where we can reflect on the stories and ideas that no one usually dares or gets an opportunity to tell.’
The festival will take place on 25 and 26 August 2013 on Refshaleøen - an island in Copenhagen’s harbor and each ticket costs DKK 2,500 (c. US$450; €335), which covers attendance over two days; breakfast, lunch, coffee and water both days; as well as entry to the after party dinner directly following the Symposium’s end.
To be in for a chance to experience one of the world’s most ground-breaking food events of its time and for the chance to rub shoulders with the culinary elite, email Ali Kurshat Altinsoy at email@example.com to purchase a ticket. Go on, you’d be ‘mad’ not to.
For more, visit www.madfood.com